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Maharashtra Sightseeing - Konkan
 
 
Alibaug Accommodation
 
AlibaugFamous for its fresh air, clean water, clean sands, and a variety of beaches.
Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is Mumbai.
By Road: Mumbai is 108 kms and Pune is 138 kms away.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is Pen from where you can take a bus or taxi, 24 kms away.
A catamaran ferry service from the Gateway of India to Alibaug takes 1 hour (but does not ply during the monsoons.) The oldest, jetty at Rewas, was built dy the British. Catamaran services are also available to the Gateway of India from here. The alternate route by road from the city takes about 3 hours.
Amboli Hill Station Accommodation
 
Amboli Hill StationAmboli is ahill station near Sawantwadi, surrounded by dense forests. There’s a beautiful waterfall about 30 metres high, just 1.5 kms away. Amboli comes alive in the monsoons when cascading waterfalls are seen a different places in the mountains. The Karvi tree, which flowers once in seven years, adds to the beauty of the Amboli mountain range.
Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is Dabolim (Goa) – 140 kms.
By Rail: Nearest railway station are Sawantwadi-26 kms, Belgaum-64 kms.
By Road: From Mumbai, 549 kms. Pune via Ajra-Amboli, 390 kms. Ratnagiri-Amboli, 215 kms.

Balleleshwar at Pali Accommodation
 
Shree Balleleshwar at PaliThe temple is named after Ballal (son of Kalyan Shresth) from whose ‘tapasya’ (penance) Ganesha appered at Pali. The wooden temple was so constructed that the rays of the sun fall directly on the deity, which is 3 feet high. Dhundi Vinayak, another Ganesha temple is also situated here.
Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is Mumbai
By Rail: Nearest railhead is Panvel or Khopoli.
By Road: Mumbai-Khopoli, 90 kms. Khopoli- Pali 38 kms. Pali is 13 kms from Nagothane on the Mumbai- Goa highway.
Bhatye Beach Accommodation
     
Bhatye BeachIts blue waters and sersnce mbience are truly captivating. A very distance festival, in the whole of Konkan is celebrated here popularly known as ‘ Amba Mahtsav’ the festival of mangoes. Water sport facilities are available. Excursions are organzed to the nearby Swaroopanand Swami ashram at Pawas.
Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is Mumbai.
By Rail: Nearest railhead is Ratnagiri, 6 kms on the Konkan Railways.
By Road: Mumbai-Ratnagiri, 356 kms. State Transport buses ply from Mumbai, Kolhpur and Pune to Ratnagiri and from Ratnagiri to Pawas via Bhatye.

Birla Ganesh Temple Accommodation
 
Birla Shree Ganesh TempleThe small village of Salav on the Alibaug- Roha route (20 kms from Alibaug_ houses the spectacular Birla Mandir with a pure white marble dome and a carpet of green velvet grass. The temple’s transparent ceiling allows free flow of air and light. On either side of the Ganesha are idiols of Ridhi and Sidhi. Around the nave are other temples Radha-Krishna, Shiv-Parvati, Bhavanidevi and Suyradeva. Worship and aarti is between 9 am to 7 pm everyday. The temple is open to the public from 6.00 am to 11.30 am and 4.30 pm to 9.00 pm.
Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is Mumbai.
By Road: 20 kms from Alibaug. Autorickshaws and private vehicles ply regularly. It is also possible to travel to Alibaug-Revdanda by State Transport bus or 8-seater autorichaw and onwards by another rickshaw.
Dahanu – Bordi Accommodation
 
Dahanu – BordiDahanu is a quite town with a sprawlin uncluttered beach. It is lines with fruit orchards and is famous for its chickoos. It is also known for for its educational institutes and boarding schools. Accessible from Dahanu is Udwada, the hallowed original home of Zoarastrians in India. There is a beautiful temple which houses the sacred fire, kpt alive for almost thousand years.
Getting there:
By air: Nearest airport Mumbai
By Rail: Nearest railhead is dahanu Road, just two and half hours from Mumbai. 
By Road: Mumbai is 145 kms away.
Dapoli Accommodation
 
DapoliAt a height of 700-800feet above sea level, Dapoli is a cool and pleasant place. The British had their military camp here. There are natural hot water springs at Unhavare Village, 20 kms. From Dapoli (near PAnhale Kazi caves). It is a small village with the springs as its only attraction. Lots of people from surroundings areas come here regularly to bathe in thr hot water springs.
Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is Mumbai. 
By Rail: Train up to Khed, from there to Dapoli by road, 27 kms. 
By Road: 22 kms from Khed on the Mumbai-Goa highway.
Ganga of Rajapur Accommodation
 
Ganga of RajapurThe Ganga (Ganges) of Rajapur is a natural phenomenon belived by many locals to be a miracle. Nearly every three years, the well forms 14 small pools of water with different temperatures, about three feet apart. The holy Ganga mata is believed to appear to the devotees here.
Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airports are Mumbai and Kolhapur.
By Rail: The convenient railhead is Ratnagiri Junction on the Konkan Railway.
By Road: Many State Transport buses are available from Ratnagiri bus Station.
Ganpatipule        Accommodation
 
Ganpatipule One of the most spectacular beaches along the Konkan coast. The temple of Swayambhu (self-originated) Ganesha is much frequented. The God is considered the Paschim Dwardevta (Western sentinel God of India). Ganpatipule is rich in flora, including mangroves and coconut palms. Water sport facilities are available, expert during the monsoons. Malgund, the birthplace of the revolutionary Marathi poet Kavi Keshavsut, is just 3 kms away.
Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport are Mumbai and Kolhapur.
By Rail: The convenient railway station is ratnagiri-Ganpatipule, 50 kms.
By Road: Mumbai-Ganpatipule, 375 kms (via Mahad), Pune-Ganpatipule, 331 kms (via Satara), Kolhapur-Ganpatipule, 144 kms. State Transport buses ply from Ratnagiri bus station and also from Mumbai.
Accommodation: MTDC has a full-fledged resort at Ganpatipule with water sports and other adventure sports facilities.
Guhagar Beach Accommodation
 
Guhagar BeachGuhagar beach is a clean stretch of white sand, lapped by the Arabian Sea. The beach is 55 kms from Chiplun. Visit the ancient Shiv temple of Vyadheshwara here.
Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is Mumbai.
By Rail: Nearest railhead is Chiplun.
By Road: Mumbai-Chiplun, 305 kms.
Harihareshwar Beach Accommodation
 
Harihareshwar BeachGentle winds, soft sands and inviting waters make the Shriwardhan Bay irresistible to beach-lovers. The town of Harihareswar, Known for its tranquil and picturesque beach, has a special landmark – Kalbhairav, the Shiva temple.
Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is Mumbai, 215 kms.
By Rail: Nearest railhead is Mangoan on the Konkan Railway.
By Road: Mumbai-Harihareshwar, 230 kms. Via Mumbai-Panvel-Mangoan-Goregoan phata on the Mumbai-Goa highway. Shriwardhan-Harihareshwar, 20 kms.
Bagmandala-Harihareshwar, 4 kms.
Jawahar Accommodation
JawaharFamous for vibrant Warli paintings, Jawahar also has exotic dales, rich forests and a wonderful climate. Jai Vilas, the palace of tribal Lords and the relics of Bhupatgad are worth visiting. The scenic beauty of the Dadar Kopra Falls, the enchanting Hanuman and Sunset Points, justify its title, ‘Mahableshwar od Thane District’.
Getting there:
By Air; Nearest airport is Mumbai.
By Rail: Convenient raiheads are Nasik, Igatpuri and Dhahanu.
By road: From Mumbai, 180 kms: from Nasik, 80 kms: Igatpuri-Jawahar, 61 kms, Nasik-Jawahar, 80 kms: Dahanu-Jawahar, 65 kms.
Kanakeshwar Temple Accommodation
Kanakeshwar TempleBuilt in 1764, it is extensively decorated with colourful miniature idols of the Gods. 750 steps take you to the top. On the way you can seee the Nandi bull. Brahm Kund and the Maruti temple.
Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is Mumbai.
By Rail: Nearest railhead is Panvel or khopoli.
By Road: Mumbai to Alibaug and 12 kms from Alibaug.
Kunkeshwar Temple and Beach Accommodation
Kunkeshwar Temple and BeachThe ornate Kunkeshwar temple of Lord Shiva on the Kunkeshwar beach was built by the Yadavas and was frequented by Chhatrapati Shivaji. It is considered a fine example of contemporary sculpture. Kunkeshwar is also renowned for its coconut, palm and mango plantations and a variety of seafood.
Getting there:
By Air: Nearset airport is Dabolim, Goa.
By Rail: Nearest railway station is Kanakavali. By Road: from Mumbai, 453 kms
Malshej Ghat Accommodation
Malshej GhatMalshej Ghat, a picturesque spot, also home to the flamingo birds, holds a special attraction for trekkers, hikers and nature-lovers; especially the journey to Sivneri Fort.Another important fort, surrounded by Buddhist cves (3rd century), is Harishchandragad. Relgious journeys to Ashtavinayaks Ozar and Lenyadri and to the ancient shrine of Shiva-Bhimashankar are popular.
Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is Mumbai, 154 kms.
By Rail: Nearset railway station is Kalyan.
By Road: Mumbai to Malshed Ghat via Murbad, 154 kms. Pune to Malshej Ghat via Alephata, 164 kms and from Alephata to Malshej Ghat, 39 kms.
Malvan Accommodation
MalvanFWhen one talks of Malvan, the first thing that comes to mind is Malvani cuisine. Malvan’s proximity to Sindhurg fort and its beautiful beach has made it popular among tourist. The sunset at Malvan beach is spectacular. The evenings are busy with fish markets and auctions of fresh fish on the beach. Visit the Vijaydurg fort at Devgarg, near Malvan.
Getting there:
By Air: Nearst airport is Dabolim, Goa.
By Rail: Nearst Railhead is Kudal on the Konkan railway. By Road: Malvan is 514 kms from Mumbai.
Matheran Accommodation
MatheranAn undulating hill station cloaked in shady trees minus the din of vehicles. Charlotte Lake, the Panthers’ Caves and Paymaster Park are special attractions. You can go horse-riding and shop in the main bazaar which offers a variety of items like cane and leather articles, hats, chappals and the local speciality: Chikki.
Accommodation: MTDC offers its own resort. There are plenty of hotes with bugets and luxury accommodation.

Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is Mumbai.
By Rail: Mumbai to Neral is 108 kms, and further you could opt for the Neral-Matheran mountain toy train. From Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) in Mumbai, one can take a Pune or Karjat bound train on the Central Railway and alight at Neral station.
By Road: Mumbai to Neral is 90 kms and Neral to Matheran is 21 kms further on.

Mumbai Accommodation
MumbaiLocated on the west coast of India, Mumbai is a group of seven islands which has grown into a city of dreans. It is considered the financial capital of India. It is also the primary centre for the arts and the entertainment industry.

Some Landmarks:
Gateway Of India Accommodation
Gateway Of IndiaBuilt to commemorate the landig of king George v and Queen Marry in 1911, the Gateway is one of the most famous monuments of India.
Elephanta Caves Accommodation
Elephanta CavesThe caves house rock-cut temples dating back to the 6th century. They were designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 1987. the Elephanta Island was named by the Portuguese after the statue of an elephant near the landing area. The rock-cut temples dedicated to Shiva are ornately sculpted.

University of Mumbai Accommodation
University of MumbaiIt is one of the oldest and premier Universities in India. Established in 1857, it is one amongst the first three Universities in India. Flanked by the High Court and the Old Secretariant, the buildings were compleyted in 1874. Built in the French Gothic style, the main building with its tower and roof has a large circular window, with its outer border originally made up of twelve stained glass skylights, depicting the bulding rises the 280 feet high Rajabai Clock Tower.
Mumbadevi Temple Accommodation
This temple was built in honour of the Goddest Mumbadevi, from whose name, the name of the city ‘Mumbai’ (Bombay) is derived. The first Mumbadevi temple was situated at Bori Bunder, and is believed to have been shifted to its present location
Bhuleshwar between 1739 and 1770.
Prince of Wales museum Accommodation
Prince of Wales museumThe Museum is built in the Indo-saracenic style and is famous for its outstanding architecture and imposing dome. It has important collections on art, natural history and archaeology. There are smaller sections devoted to a host of specialized subjects.
Jehangir Art Gallery Accommodation
Jehangir Art GalleryManaged by the Bombay Art Society, the entire cost of this beautiful mansion was donated by Sir Cowasji Jehangir. A mammoth institution in itself, its history is directly linked with the renaissance of Indian art. Many art and photographic exhibitions are held here throughout the year..
Haji Ali Mosque Accommodation
Haji Ali MosqueIt houses the tomb of the Muslims Sufi saint, Haji Ali. People from all faiths come here believing that their wishes will be granted. The mosque is known for its typical Islamic architecture.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Accommodation
Chhatrapati Shivaji TerminusEarlier known as Victoria Terminus, headquarters of the Central Railways is an impressive structure built in 1888 and designed by Frederick William Stevenson. The entire façade is covered by sculptures of animals and birds. This heritage structure is also designated as aworld heritage site by UNESCO

Sanjay Gandhi National Park Accommodation
Sanjay Gandhi National ParkIt is situated at Borivli, off the Western Express Highway, sprawling across more than 5000 acrs. You can take a special safari vehicle that drives you through lion and tiger domain and experience the rare thrill of seeing the lord of the jungle in tooth and claw while you also see rare species of birds. The park also be booked through the forest department. A major attraction is Kanheri caves which are situated in the park.
Flora Fountion Accommodation
Flora FountionNow Known as Hutatma Chowk, it is the very hub of Mumbai’s busy life. Near the fountion are some famous institution including the Bombay University, the old Secretariat, Central Telegraphic Office, Institute of Science and the famous Gateway of India.
Mahalaxmi Temple Accommodation
Mahalaxmi Temple Mahalaxmi temple is one of the most famous temples of Mumbai. Dedicated to Mahalaxmi, Lord Vishnu’s consort, the temple was built around 1785. the temple has an interesting history. While building the hornby Vellard,
Portions of the sea wall of the Vellard collapsed twice. The chief engineer dreamt of a Lakshmi statue in the sea near Worli. A search recovered it and he built a temple for it. After this, the work on the Vellard could be completed without any hitch.

Juhu Beach Accommodation
Juhu BeachA popular place to hang out. The lovely palmfringed beach is ideal for picturesque outings. Close to the domestic and international airports, it is surrounded by luxury hotels.
Chowpatty Beach Accommodation
Chowpatty BeachLocated between Marine Drive and Malabar Hill, Chowpatty beach holds a special place in life of Mumbai, being yhe venue of mass political meetings during the Freedom struggle. Today it is apopular meeting place, and its variety of street food is worth sampling.
Mahalakshmi Race Course Accommodation
Mahalakshmi Race CourseThis race course is where you can see most of the upper crust enjoying the horse races in their exlusive attire. The season for horse racing starts in November and goes on till February. However, the Derby that is held annually on the first Sunday in February is the most awaited event.
Murud-Harni Accommodation

Murud-HarniSouth of old Harani fort, the palm-fringed beach of Murud is famous for its clean white sands and safe waters. Visit Goa Quilla or Harani Fort, which is built on different levels. Also see Panhale Kazi, the famous ancient rock-cut caves, 30 kms from Murud-Harani..

Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is Mumbai. By Rail: Nearest railhead is Khed, 45 kms on the Konkan Railway. By Road: Mumbai-Murud-Harani, 246 kms. Via Panvel-Pen, Lonere Phata-Dapoli. State Transport Buses ply from Mumbai, Pune and Mahad to Murud-Harani.

Murud-Janjira Fort Accommodation

Murud-Janjira FortEarlier known as Victoria Terminus, headquarters of the Central Railways is an impressive structure built in 1888 and designed by Frederick William Stevenson. The entire façade is covered by sculptures of animals and birds. This heritage structure is also designated as aworld heritage site by UNESCO

Accommodation: the MTDC beach resort offers comfortable accommodation and good cuisine.

Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is Mumbai 165 kms. By Rail: Nearest railhead is Roha, 50 kms.
However, Panvel at 122 kms is more convenient. By Road: Mumbai-Murud via Revdanda, 165 kms. Pune-Murud via Mahad, 230 kms. Alibaug-Murud, 52 kms. State Yransport buses ply from Mumbai and Pune to Murud.


Pawas Accommodation

PawasPawas achieved prominence when Swami Swaroopanand made it his abode. He was a spiritual leader who composed several couplets and wrote several books dedicated to Dyaneshwar. He influenced an entire generation of Maharashtrians. The place where he used to reside has been converted into an ashram.

Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is Mumbai.
By Rail: Nearest railhead is Ratnagiri Junction on the Konkan Railway, 27 kms from Pawas.
By Road: Ratnagiri-Pawas, 20 kms. Many State Transport buses ply. Pawas is also connected to other cities by State Transport buses.

Raigad Fort Accommodation

Raigad FortKnown as the ‘Gibraltar of the East’, Raigad Fort, with its broad gates and magnificent monuments, is an integral part of Maratha history. For its immense beauty, it remains a hiker’s paradise. You cam also visit Gangsagar Lake or worsip at the nearby Jagadishwar temple

Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is Pune, 126 kms.
By Rail: Nearest railhead is Veer on the Central Railway (40kms).
By Road: Mumbai-Raigad via Mahad, 210 kms. Pune-Raigad, 126 kms. Mahad-Raigad, 27 kms. State Transport buses ply frm Mumbai, Kolhapur and Pune.

Shiroda Beach Accommodation

Shiroda Beach With its sparkling blue waters, long stretch of silver sands the sea breeze whispering through Casuarina plantations, Shiroda is a feast for the eyes. In 1930,Mahatma Gandhi’s salt satyagraha took place here. Shiroda is also said to have inspired the Dnyanpeeth awardee and eminent novelist V.S.Khandekar.

Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is Dabolim (Goa), 92 kms. By Rail: Nearest railhead is Kudal on the Konkan Railway. By Road: Malvan is 514 kms away from Mumbai, 200 kms from Ratnagiri. Vengurla is 522 kms from Mumbai. Shiroda Beach is 19 kms from engurla.
Harani.

Shri Varadavinayak at Mahad Accommodation

Shri Varadavinayak at MahadGanesha is said to reside here in the form of Varada Vinayaka, the giver of bounty and success. The idol of Ganesha is one the most famous idols among the Ashtavinayaks. The idols faces east, has its trunk to the left. An oil lamp by its side is sad to have been burning continuously since 1892.

Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is Mumbai. By Rail: Nearest railhead is Karjat, 24 kms. By Road; The temple is located near Khopoli, 3 kms off the Pune-Mumbai highway and is thus closest to Mumbai city.

Sindhudurg Fort Accommodation

Sindhudurg FortSindhudurg or the ocean fort bears testimony to Maratha supremacy. The fort span 48 acres and its walls are about 30 feet high. Its towers are semi-circular, with fine embrasures for canons. Within the fort is the only temple dedicated to Shivaji maharaj. There is a rare coconut tree inside the fort with two branches.

Getting there:By Air: Nearest airport is Dabolim, Goa. By Rail: Nearest railheads are Oras and Kudal on the Konkan Railway. By Road: Sindhudurg is 510 kms from Mumbai via the Goa highway.

Trakarli Beach Accommodation

Trakarli BeachTrakarli is a long and narrow stretch of beach, with placid waters. Major attractions are theSindhudurg and Padmaged forts. The Malvani cuisine here is mouth-watering. Water sports facilities like speedboats and snorkeling are available here. Scuba diving will be introduced shortly. The latest attractions added are luxury houseboats and baboo houses, ideal for a quiet weekend getway.

Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is Mumbai. By Rail: Nearest railhead is Kudal, 45 kms on the Konkan Railway. BY Road: Mumbai-Tarkarli, 546 kms. Kolhapur-Tarkarli, 160 kms, Malvan-Tarkarli, 7 kms. State Transport buses ply from Mumbai to Tarkarli. Rickshaws are also available from Malvan.

 
Titwala Mahaganesh Mandir Accommodation

Titwala Mahaganesh MandirThe Mahaganesh temple draws many piligrims. It believed that King Dushyant married Shakuntala here. It is also believed that true worship of Ganesha here fulfills your wish to marry the person of your choice. Martial conflicts also get settled.

Accommodation: East of Mahaganeshtemple MTDC’s self-contained rooms (2 blocks) and dormitories (2 blocks 12 beds). Checkout time:8 am
Getting there:
By Air:Nearest airport is Mumbai, 15 kms. By Rail: Titwala is on the central Railway. By Road: Mumbai-Titwala, 75 kms via Kalyan (can be visited from Thane, Kalyan, Mumbai).

Valaval Accommodation

ValavalValaval is famous for its natural beauty. On full moon day, you can see a breathtaking reflection of thr moon in the Karli river. The Laxmi Narayan temple is also in the vicinity. The temple has beautiful blak pillars and the idol if laxmi Narayan is made of Black sand. Also visit the nearby Rameshwar and Devi Mauli temples.

Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is dambolim, goa. By Rail: The Konkan Railway goes up to Kudal.
By Road: 8-10 kms from Kudal.

Velneshwar Accommodation

VelneshwarVelneshwar is a small village north of the Shastri river. The quiet, coconut-fringed beach and the old Shiva temple are frequented by pilgrims. Many visitors come in March for the Mahashivaratri fair.

Getting there:

By Air: Nearest airport is Mumbai. By Rail: Nearest railhead is Chiplun (60 kms) On the Konkan Railway. By Road: Mumbai – Chiplun and Guhagar, 370 kms.

Vengurla – Malvan Accommodation

Vengurla – MalvanMalvan is known for its salt pans, Chinese clay pottery and the special Malvani cuisine. Mochemad village 10 kms from Vengurla has abeautiful beach. The tpwn has two well-known temples- the Shri devi Sateri temple and the Rameshwar Mandir.

Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is Dabolim, Goa. By Rail: Nearest railhead is Kudal on the Konkan Railway. By Road: Malvan is 514 kms from Mumbai, 200 kms from Ratnagiri. Vengurla is 522 kms from Mumbai.

Vijaydurg Accommodation

VijaydurgSprawling across 48 acres lies Vijaydurg, the fort of victory. It sretched out into the sea and a walk inside its precincts is worthwhile. Vijaydurg beach, in te histric naval base of Vjiaydurg, is just a kilometer away from the fort
Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is Dabolim, Goa.
By Rail: Nearest railhead is Rajapur on the Konkan Railway.
By Road: Vijaydurg is 425 kms from Mumbai via the Goa highway.

 

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